lilac love

lilac love

lilac love

lilac love
lilac love

Shirt. Topshop

Top. H&M

Skirt*. Glamorous

Necklace.* This Charming Girl

Lipstick. MAC Snob

I have wanted to dip dye my hair for ages now, way back in the day when it was hot news but my hair has never been the right shade of blonde. I felt it was too golden and wouldn’t work well with the pastel hues I had in mind. Yesterday I suffered a laborious whole head of highlights and finally felt that I had achieved a nice, icy white blonde – perfect to contrast with a sweet lavender dip dye. And that is exactly what I did. I went and picked up a Crazy Color in Lavender, which is a semi permanent hair cream, and then marched home to begin the transformation. I found it very easy to do, although I did have to do it twice as the first time I tried it, I was too cautious and didn’t let the colorant develop long enough so it was barely noticeable. The second attempt it came out perfectly and I was really pleased with the results. 

How I dip dyed my hair:

1. Make sure you cover your shoulders with an old towel or tee shirt.
2. You can use the hair cream straight from the bottle, but I decided to mix it with conditioner to dilute it slightly as I had been advised that the colour is very bright. I used half and half and this seemed to work brilliantly.
3. Divide your hair up into two ponytails, and tie them just above where you want the dip dye to finish. Because I have so much hair, I decided to separate it out into four sections which meant I didn’t miss any bits.
4. Make sure your hair is towel dry and then put on some protective gloves so you don’t end up with purple palms! Take a scoop of the hair dye and conditioner mixture, or just squeeze the Crazy Color cream straight into your hand, and then work it through the first ponytail, ensuring all your hair is covered.
5. Repeat until all the sections are dyed and then wait. How long you need to leave it will depend on your hair colour and the brightness you want to achieve, but I left mine on for 20 minutes.
6. Wash off, shampoo and condition as normal.

The beauty of using a hair dye like Crazy Color is that it is only a semi permanent so it will wash out after 8-10 washes. I also picked up a Directions hair dye in Pastel Pink so I am excited to give that a whirl once my lavender has faded. And clearly I was having quite the lilac love affair today as I decided to wear my gorgeous dipped hem pleated skirt from Glamorous. It is such a pretty piece and seemed to compliment my new lavender locks perfectly. πŸ™‚

I hope you have all had a great weekend, whatever you’ve been up to!
So…do you lilac it? (sorry, had to be done!)

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75 Comments

  1. 20th May 2012 / 8:15 pm

    You look lovely, as does your hair πŸ™‚ x

  2. 20th May 2012 / 8:17 pm

    I love your hair, it looks so pretty!x

  3. 20th May 2012 / 8:18 pm

    It looks great, especially with that lippy.
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  4. 20th May 2012 / 8:18 pm

    love your skirt and shirt:) hair looks great too!xo

  5. 20th May 2012 / 8:19 pm

    Love the colour of the skirt and your hair is really cool!! xx

  6. 20th May 2012 / 8:19 pm

    This suits you so well, it's the perfect shade! I would so do this, but I'm a brunette πŸ˜€ x

  7. 20th May 2012 / 8:20 pm

    Love the lilac hair!!

    Pippa

    x

  8. 20th May 2012 / 8:22 pm

    If I had blonde hair this would be on my 'to do list' absolutely gorgeous!

    Becky

    Beckys Makeup

  9. 20th May 2012 / 8:28 pm

    In lilac it very much so haha! Love the matching lipstick and skirt too πŸ™‚ xx

  10. 20th May 2012 / 8:30 pm

    I love everything about this outfit! Such a mix of trends..denim and pastels! And your hair…it is very Kate Bosworth! I just wanna be blonde myself so I can try it! And Crazy Colour is always a winner to use! Dye my friends hair with it all the time!

    Gemma x

    http://www.gemmasatire.blogspot.co.uk

  11. 20th May 2012 / 8:33 pm

    So beautiful Milly! And you make it sound so effortless! I've waved goodbye to my ombre hair for now but seeing as how easy it seems, may give it another go myself! Thanks for sharing hun πŸ™‚

    Love Aysh xoxo

  12. 20th May 2012 / 8:35 pm

    love the skirt! looks amazing :)!

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    xx

  13. 20th May 2012 / 8:35 pm

    Milly, you look absolutely amazing, you literally rock this look so well.
    I love your hair so much, I think Lilac is such a pretty colour.

    Jess x

  14. 20th May 2012 / 8:37 pm

    I love it, the outfit and the hair! You look lovely πŸ™‚
    xx

  15. 20th May 2012 / 8:41 pm

    You're hair is amazing. You really suit it too! x

  16. 20th May 2012 / 8:59 pm

    The lilac looks great in your hair.
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  17. 20th May 2012 / 9:23 pm

    your look beautiful! your hair is just aaaahhh so pretty! xoxo

  18. 20th May 2012 / 9:36 pm

    love your hair Milly – looks amazing! <3

  19. 20th May 2012 / 9:41 pm

    The dip dyed hair is stunning! x

  20. 20th May 2012 / 9:45 pm

    This really suits you! I think I'm going to try Lilac next – I did mine baby pink before and it's washed out now so will give this a whirl πŸ™‚ xx

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  21. 20th May 2012 / 9:48 pm

    Amazing! I love the hair, and how the outfit and makeup go so well with it πŸ™‚
    xx

  22. 20th May 2012 / 9:48 pm

    I really, really love everything about this post! I was debating dying my hair / dip dying my hair pink this summer. Definitely going for it having seen how amazing you make it look πŸ™‚ Thanks! xo

  23. 20th May 2012 / 10:05 pm

    Ah your hair looks great! I'd love to add some colour to the ends of mine but having red hair I don't think it will really look right x

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  24. 20th May 2012 / 10:08 pm

    I love your hair! i saw it on instagram and you look so pretty – really suits you! I love the purple skirt too – perfect match πŸ™‚ xx

  25. 20th May 2012 / 10:48 pm

    Your hair is beautiful – absolutely love the icy blond with the lilac – it's a really 'grown up' combination if you get me, a really beautiful way of dip dying and not looking like a teenager in a punk stage :L
    xoxox

  26. 20th May 2012 / 11:07 pm

    Milly, your hair is a dream! So, so pretty and I wish my hair could ever go that colour! I adore your skirt too, looks perfect against block black (: so sad I didn't get to see you on Friday sweet, we keep missing each other! xx

  27. 21st May 2012 / 2:09 am

    You are absolutely gorgeous and your hair looks ah-maz-ing! Love the skirt too! Xx.

  28. 21st May 2012 / 5:06 am

    You look amazing, love your hair! <3

  29. 21st May 2012 / 6:29 am

    Oh my gosh I love your skirt! It's gorgeous! I love your hair too!

  30. 21st May 2012 / 9:11 am

    Wowe your hair looks gorgeous!
    Sophie
    x

  31. 21st May 2012 / 9:20 am

    Love the lilac dip dye Milly, it really suits you! MAC Snob lippy looks good too, it's my fave MAC lipstick at the moment.

    xoxo

  32. 21st May 2012 / 9:20 am

    Love the lilac dip dye Milly, it really suits you! MAC Snob lippy looks good too, it's my fave MAC lipstick at the moment.

    xoxo

  33. 21st May 2012 / 10:01 am

    I love your hair! Xx

  34. 21st May 2012 / 10:23 am

    Gorgeous as always! Your hair looks amazing!!! xx

  35. 21st May 2012 / 11:34 am

    I absolutely adore this lovely!! So lush xxxx

  36. 21st May 2012 / 12:47 pm

    WOW! I love your hair like this. I think the pink would really suit you too. Nice outfit too xo

  37. 21st May 2012 / 12:57 pm

    your hair looks so gorgeous! i'm loving all the pastel hair in the blogasphere haha. love the lilac skirt too xx

  38. 21st May 2012 / 1:30 pm

    I definitely lilac it! Looks great with the lippie and skirt too πŸ™‚ x

  39. 21st May 2012 / 1:59 pm

    Wow Milly, your hair looks amazing! It really suits you πŸ™‚ x

  40. 21st May 2012 / 2:45 pm

    I think your hair came out amazing! Makes me want to dip dye my hair pink again. I really love your skirt might have to get one πŸ™‚

    Frankie

    http://WWW.EVENTHOUGHIMSKINT.COM

  41. 21st May 2012 / 2:47 pm

    Your hair looks awesome!

  42. 21st May 2012 / 5:09 pm

    Lovely outfit ! And your hair looks amazing πŸ™‚ xx

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  43. 21st May 2012 / 5:34 pm

    Your hair looks AMAZING! Loving the outfit too.

  44. 21st May 2012 / 6:20 pm

    Gorgeous outfit and loving the hair!!! πŸ™‚

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    xx

  45. 21st May 2012 / 9:40 pm

    pastels look great on you!

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  46. 21st May 2012 / 11:05 pm

    Such a nice outfit- love your hair! You look pretty. X

  47. 22nd May 2012 / 12:44 am

    WOW!!!! the hair, skirt, the lipstick… I love it!
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  48. 22nd May 2012 / 12:24 pm

    You must have been over the moon when you realised how perfectly your hair matches Mac's Snob lippy and the Gorgeous skirt! It looks fantastic on you.

    Also, I'm a big fan of Directions hair colour. You definitely have something to look forward to there.

    Courtney
    Such A Beautiful Sight

  49. 22nd May 2012 / 7:42 pm

    LOVING IT!!!!!!!!!! The colour really suits you as well ;0) Looks great with your new skirt too. x x x

  50. 22nd May 2012 / 8:22 pm

    Your hair looks fantastic! Thanks for the tips. πŸ™‚

  51. 22nd May 2012 / 9:27 pm

    love the skirt millie, so pretty. Also your hair looks amaazzing! x

  52. 23rd May 2012 / 9:46 am

    You hair looks lovely and the skirt is gorgeous too πŸ™‚ xx

  53. 26th May 2012 / 6:38 am

    Your hair looks awesome! Wish I was fully blonde so I could dip dye more!

    joanne from jimmilou.com

  54. 28th May 2012 / 12:25 am

    Your hair looks AMAZING, love it! X

  55. 28th May 2012 / 10:13 am

    Oh goodness, your hair is fabulous! Loving it πŸ™‚ x